Lying just 2 km south of Koh Adang in Thailand‘s deep south, the island of Koh Lipe is home to white sandy beaches and some of the country’s best dive sites and laid-back reggae bars.
Koh Lipe is tiny, measuring just 2 km long and 1 km wide, which makes it easy to explore on foot. Sunrise Beach is the island’s most beautiful beach and a great place to chill out with a cold beer or give some water sports a go. The island is home to around 1,000 chao ley (sea gypsies) and you can visit one of their villages on neighbouring Koh Adang, just a 20-minute boat ride away from Koh Lipe.
The island is part of Ko Tarutao National Marine Park. On a dive here, you have a chance to see reefs, whales, leopard sharks, stingrays and dolphins! Experienced divers won’t be disappointed as there are plenty of challenging dive sites, such as Eight Mile Rock and Yong Hua Shipwreck, a fish factory ship which was wrecked in 1996 and today provides a difficult dive due to the strong currents.
Rent a long-tail boat and head for the virtually uninhabited Ko Rawi. Here you’ll find dense jungle for trekking and some of the best beaches around. The north coast in particular has a number of secluded coves where you can swim and sunbathe.
Another great spot to stop off at is Koh Hin Nham (‘island of beautiful stones’). But don’t be tempted to take home a stone from the beach – local legend says you’ll be cursed by the island’s guardian spirit.
Plan your trip to Koh Lipe today.